Auclair Winery 2012 Artz Vineyard Right Blend, Red Mountain, $39

By on August 19, 2015

auclair -winery-artz-vineyard-right-blend-2012-bottleWoodinville boutique producer Charlie Auclair takes the right course with this Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot (65%), Cabernet Franc (33%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the vineyard founded by the late Fred Artz, one of the trailblazers on Red Mountain. The substantial influence of new French oak (50%) creates bold aromas of hickory-smoked bacon and coconut, which are followed by bodacious flavors of plum, blackberry milkshake and cherry skin. There’s a fair bit of grip, the thumbprint of many Red Mountain reds, yet that sweet purple fruit sticks in along for the long and extravagant finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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  1. Charlie

    August 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for the kind words!

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